The ill-fated trumpet star---one-time CBS studio orchestra sideman, feature performer with Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, and the man who turned an Ira Gershwin-George Duke throwaway ("I Can't Get Started") into a standard---in a bristling performance from his own short but memorable period as a bandleader in his own right. Topics: Bunny Berigan, jazz, old-time radio
The only three episodes of this vintage radio show that are known to have survived. If you remember television's short-lived Bridget Loves Bernie in the early 1970s, this radio show---around the marriage of a Jewish boy and a Roman Catholic girl---was its antecedent, based on the 1927 Broadway hit. The plots usually hooked around disputes between their fathers that usually ended up with a good if skittery laugh; the show was a hit in 1942 but slipped and fell away by 1944. Abie Levy: Sydney... Topics: Abie's Irish Rose, old-time radio, comedy
The few surviving installments of the legendary syndicated old-time radio program, in which Jean King, as Lonesome Gal, fashioned a fifteen-minute-daily persona as the kind-of virtual girl friend to thousands of lonely male listeners in the 1950s. Her trademarks included brief talks between music selections, talks that usually (but not always) ended in a conversational reference to the coming song's title. She even cut a record of her theme song, "Lonesome Gal"---as did Margaret... Topics: Lonesome Gal, old-time radio, music, romance
The first regular radio series by the master absurdist improvisors, on Boston's WHDH, between 1946 and 1951. These are the few such shows known to have survived for today's listening. Bob Elliott was a WHDH morning DJ; Ray Goulding did the news on the hour, and what began as occasional little ad-libbed buffoonery became a regular series when WHDH asked them to do 25 minutes before a Red Sox or Braves game or to go on during rain delays. Topics: Bob & Ray, old-time radio, comedy, satire
Two very early episodes of the old-time radio immortal . . . from the first year in which Jim and Marian Jordan appear as the couple they made immortal. Script written by Don Quinn. Topics: Fibber McGee & Molly, old-time radio, comedy
"Hullo, Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat, Archie the manager speaking, Duffy ain't here---oh, hullo, Duffy . . . " It may have been the most familiar stock opening line in the history of old-time radio comedy. The famous radio dive was one of those old-time radio birds that was at once a popular hit and a show onto which some of the biggest, or at least the most prestigious entertainers (including but not limited to Fred Allen and a few of his "Allen's Alley"... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Duffy's Tavern, old-time radio, Ed Gardner
The last of the master radio satirist's hour-long comedy shows, and the return to a half-hour with the embryonic segment soon to be known as Allen's Alley Topics: Fred Allen, old-time radio, comedy, satire
"Their finest series was probably the 1959-60 quarter-hours for CBS."---John Dunning, in "On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio." Includes jewels from Wally Ballou, Lawrence Fechtenberger Interstellar Officer Candidate, the national tour of Smelly Dave the dead whale, and the classic "One Man's Family" satires, "One Fella's Family." The classic sign-on: "And now, from approximately coast to coast, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding present the CBS... ( 7 reviews ) Topics: Bob & Ray, old-time radio, satire, comedy
The surviving installments of the master satirist's final series, on NBC, for Blue Bonnet Margarine and Tetley Tea through 1947 and Ford Motor Company in 1948-49. Including the "Allen's Alley" for which he's remembered best---with announcer Kenny Delmar as Senator Claghorn, Parker Fennelly as Titus Moody, Minerva Pious as Mrs. Nussbaum, and Peter Donald as Ajax Cassidy, with Alan Reed as Falstaff Openshaw in the first several installments. Among Allen's classics here include the... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Fred Allen, old-time radio, comedy, satire
The only known surviving installment of Stoopnagle & Budd's 1930s radio shows. The duo (Frederick Chase Taylor, William Budd Kulick) are considered to have been radio's earliest satirists, whose disciples would come to include Fred Allen and Bob & Ray (much of whose freewheeling deviltry may have been modeled at first on Stoopnagle & Budd), until the partnership broke up with no public explanation in 1937. Col. Stoopnagle became a frequent radio presence with a foray or two into... Topics: Stoopnagle & Budd, old-time radio, comedy, satire
Arguably old-time radio's very first soap opera and, like the eventual Lorenzo Jones series by Frank and Anne Hummert, was considered as much a comedy as a soap. Grew from a sorority skit into a radio series according to John Dunning. Louise Starkey as Clara Roach; Isabel Carothers as Lulu Casey; Helen King as Emma Krueger. Harriet Allyn as Lu, 1940s. Topics: Clara Lu & Em, old-time radio, soap opera, comedy
(06 Episodes) Old Time Radio's "Granby's Green Acres" was created for 1950s Radio by Jay Somers. The radio comedy starred actors Gale Gordon (Mr Mooney of "The Lucy Show) & Bea Benaderet (Kate of "Petticoat Junction" as well as Mrs. Bodine of The Beverly Hillbillies). This great radio program was yet another which made a successful leap from radio to TV when "Green Acres" (starring Eddie Albert & Eva Gabor) debuted on CBS TV Sept 15, 1965; final... Topics: Oldtime Radio, OTR, Sitcom, OTR Teenage Sitcom, Granby's Green Acres
The surviving 1947 and 1948 broadcasts of George Burns & Gracie Allen's classic radio comedies. Featuring Mel Blanc as the Happy Postman, music by Meredith Willson, and a cast that included, at various times, Elvia Allman, Bea Benaderet, Hal March, and Hans Conreid, as well as some of the once-famous "Radio Row" regulars (Joseph Kearns, Marylee Robb, Elliott Lewis, Gerald Mohr, among others . . .) Topics: George Burns, Gracie Allen, old-time radio, comedy
Classified as a juvenile crime drama but written and acted with more adult style than most of the breed, "The Green Hornet"---whose protagonist fought crime by infiltrating or even partnering (initially) with known criminal operations, which deceive police into believing him a wanted criminal himself---was the creation of George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, the brains and head writer behind "The Lone Ranger" (whose protagonist, according to storyline, was the great-uncle of... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: old-time radio, The Green Hornet, crime drama, juvenile adventure
All twelve episodes of The Hinds Honey & Almond Cream Program Starring George Burns & Gracie Allen (CBS) in which America's favourite illogical logician runs for President during mid-1940s. (Among other things, she didn't know all that much about the Lend-Lease Bill, but she said that if we owed it, we should pay it.) Featuring Frank Parker, Truman Bradley (announcer), and music by Ray Noble and His Orchestra. Believe it or not, the birth of the gag came when Burns & Allen's writers... Topics: Burns & Allen, Gracie for President, old-time radio comedy
The 1949 episodes of The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, the most successful spinoff from Jack Benny's popular radio comedy. With Phil Harris and Alice Faye as themselves; Elliott Lewis as Frank Remley; Jeanine Roos and Anne Whitfield as the Harrises' children; Robert North as Alice's brother Willie; Gale Gordon as sponsor Scott; Bill Forman as the show announcer; and, Walter Scharf conducting the Phil Harris Orchestra. Sponsored by Rexall. Topics: Phil Harris, Alice Faye, old-time radio, comedy
Selected episodes of the groundbreaking serial comedy-drama about a lower middle class Jewish family adapting to modern American urban and suburban life, created and written by Gertrude Berg, who also played matriarch Molly Goldberg. With John R. Waters as Jake; Roslyn Silber as Rosalie; Alfred Ryder as Sammy; Arnold Stang as Seymour; and, future "Beat the Clock" host Bud Collyer (going then by his given name, Clayton) as the show's announcer. Topics: The Goldbergs, Gertrude Berg, old-time radio, comedy, drama
A girl losing a stern but faithful housekeeper is bent on poisoning her doting, widowed fatherâs love-at-first-sight remarriage, no matter how patiently the new wife tries to handle the suddenly brattish teenâuntil her brief disappearance and a subsequent illness. Itâs a soapish and occasionally melodramatic variant on the ancient theme of âIf I canât have him, nobody can,â with more than a few hints at a prototype of The Bad Seed, but it does have a few good moments. The Traveler:... Topics: The Mysterious Traveler, old-time radio, drama, suspense
The Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz" in a few surviving installments of his late-1930s radio show. With Virginia Verrill, Wendy Barrie, Lucille Ball, and Gale Gordon. CBS. Topics: Jack Haley, old-time radio, comedy, Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon
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An all-new audio drama from 63audio, "The Big Trip Up Yonder" is based on a Science-Fiction short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., currently in the public domain (gutenberg.org). This is Episode 1 of "Pulp-Pourri Theatre", a planned series of 12 dramas, each based on a different pulp fiction genre, and created in the style of Old-Time Radio. Adapted, Directed and Produced by Pete Lutz. All materials such as sound effects and music in this production were sourced from the... Topics: audio drama, old-time radio, pulp fiction, theater, theatre, audio, kurt vonnegut, science fiction,...
The few surviving episodes of this classic comic radio soap--an unusual entry from the fabled Frank and Anne Hummert soap factory. Karl Swenson as Lorenzo Jones; Betty Garde and Lucille Wall as his wife, Belle; Joseph Julian as Sandy Matson; John Brown or Frank Behrens as Jim Barker; Mary Wickes, Grace Keddy, or Nancy Sheridan as Irma Barker. Announcers: Don Lowe or George Putnam. Writers: Theodore and Mathilde Ferro. Topics: Lorenzo Jones, old-time radio, comedy, serial, soap opera, Frank and Anne Hummert
Episode 2 of The Friday Maze, from Falling Cow Productions. Host: Arthur Jaz. Show notes: 1. Did You Catch the Show Last Week? Well, did ya? 2. What Wouldn't I Do -- Strayfolk Bad Panda Records. http://www.archive.org/details/badpanda022 Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 3. How to Throw a Party for a Two-Year-Old Humorous essay by Arthur Jaz. 4. Jackie's Princess Shop Field recording. 5. Out of This World Convention - Forrest J. Ackerman A Librivox recording in... Topics: Movie reviews, OTR, Old-time radio, Baby Snooks, Pro Audio, Toys for Elliot, Strayfolk, Humor Source: Falling Cow Productions
The Armed Forces Radio Service gave a real treat to American troops still stationed around the world in the aftermath of World War II---live performances, by remote hookups from their respective New Year's Eve hotel and/or ballroom performances, by some of the titans of the time in American jazz and popular music. Including but not limited to Harry James, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw (with guest Roy Eldridge), Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and---of... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: old-time radio, jazz, popular music, New Year's Eve, big bands
An all-new audio drama from 63audio, "Monster of His Making" is based on a Macabre-Fiction short story of the same name by Henry Treat Sperry, currently in the public domain. This is Episode 6 of "Pulp-Pourri Theatre", a planned series of 12 dramas, each based on a different pulp fiction genre, and created in the style of Old-Time Radio. Adapted, Directed and Produced by Pete Lutz. Eerie music by Kevin MacLeod, sourced from the public domain. All materials such as... Topics: Pete Lutz, Kevin MacLeod, eerie, macabre, horror, pulp fiction, theatre, theater, audio drama,...
A short audio sketch, originally featured in episode 12 of Pulp-Pourri Theatre: a mock soundtrack of a gangster movie that deals with an all-German gang that rules New York. Featuring Philboyd Studge, Jason D. Johnson and John Valadez. Written, directed and produced by Pete Lutz. An homage of sorts to Bob & Ray. Enjoy! Topics: Pulp-Pourri Theatre, Pete Lutz, Bob & Ray, satire, Germany, gangs, gangsters, OTR, old-time...
Stoopnagle & Budd---Frederick Chase Taylor (a.k.a. Col. Lemuel Stoopnagle) and William Budd Hulick---were probably old-time radio's earliest pure satirists, telegraphing Fred Allen by a few years, Henry Morgan by a decade, and Bob & Ray by a couple of decades, just about. Their trademarks included poking fun at prospective (but ultimately spurned) sponsors and, especially, Taylor's knack for Spoonerisms ("This is Col. Speaknagle stoopling," "Paul Revile's rear") and... Topics: Stoopnagle & Budd, old-time radio, Town Hall Tonight, Fred Allen, satire
The complete radio broadcast of the game in which Roger Maris hit his record-setting 61st home run, Yankee Stadium. The pitcher: Boston Red Sox righthander Tracy Stallard. Topics: old-time radio, baseball, Roger Maris, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox
Live radio theater re-creation of the "Veda Brand" episode of Pete Kelly's Blues," a Jack Webb radio drama series of the 1950s. Plus "Phil Tries to Collect on the World Series" and "High Noon" from The Jack Benny Show, 1940s-50s. Cast includes Douglas Bryan Bean, David Drazin, Tom Gollagly, Frank Gualtieri, Dennis Leise, Nicholas Palumbo, Carol Seymour, Joe Urbancik. Original scripts were adapted for this program. Topics: Pete Kelly's Blues, Jack Benny Show, radio drama, old-time radio, jazz, blues, Waukegan, Joplin's...
The only known extracts---including the only known complete episode ("The Ocean Cruise")---to have survived of the Marx Brothers' (well, Groucho and Chico; we'll assume Harpo was the silent partner) 1932-33 radio comedy. All but two of the scripts have been published in "Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel: The Marx Brothers' Lost Radio Show," edited by Michael Barson. "Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel" was part of a weekly series NBC called "Five Star... Topics: Flywheel Shyster and Flywheel, the Marx Brothers, old-time radio, comedy
Short-lived update of the original Easy Aces comedy---this time, expanded to a half-hour, with music, live audience, and studio band. (The audition episode, "Paul Tries to Borrow Two Hundred Dollars," featured only an accompanying pianist and no studio audience.) Some of the storylines were adapted from the earlier Easy Aces (most notably, "Jury Duty," "Quiz Show," and part of the audition episode. (This episode was subsequently reworked into two individual... Topics: mr. ace and JANE, old-time radio, comedy, satire, Goodman Ace, Jane Ace
The classic Corwin broadcast, reputedly in the making when Corwin, working on the script while traveling by train, received the news of Pearl Harbour. The timing of the broadcast was impeccable then; the message of the broadcast remains relevant even today. Narrated by James Stewart. Featuring Edward Arnold, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Brennan, Bob Burns, Dane Clark, Walter Huston, Elliott Lewis, Marjorie Main, Edward G. Robinson, Rudy Vallee, and Orson Welles, among others. Not to mention Leopold... Topics: Norman Corwin, old-time radio, World War II, Bill of Rights
M.C. for the show, Betty Grable, introduces Judy Canova who entertains the troops with a few jokes and the song "I Can't Give you Anything But Love." Freddy Slack and His Orchestra with Ella Mae Morse perform "Mister Five By Five." Charlie McCarthy hears Betty is learning first aid, and fakes illness to flirt with her. Mortimer Sneerd has been helping Betty with her first aid course. Kenny Baker sings "Stardust." Topics: Command Performance, Betty Grable, Edgar bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Kenny Baker, Variety, Music,...
For your convenience, all 12 episodes of Pulp-Pourri Theatre, starring the Narada Radio Company, are presented on one page. Adapted from stories in a dozen different pulp genres, and adapted, directed and produced by Pete Lutz, here are stories of Science Fiction, Crime, the Old West, the Supernatural, the Average Joe, the Macabre, the Untamed Frontier, the Jungle, Sports, Romance, Espionage and War. Season One of Pulp-Pourri Theatre launched in October 2013 and ended in August 2014. Be sure... Topics: Pete Lutz, Narada Radio Company, audio drama, OTR, old-time radio, pulp fiction, pulps
Pop Rocks and Betamax by Impacted Wisdom Tooth Impacted Wisdom Tooth is the name under which I release my sound collages that are compiled from outside sources. This sound collage was created using various sound sources from bygone days, some just a few years back, some nearly as far back as a hundred years. Listen to history merge, bounce off itself, overlap, expand, contract. Embrace the randomosity! --Arthur Jaz Third album by Impacted Wisdom Tooth, from Falling Cow Productions. Topics: Impacted Wisdom Tooth, Falling Cow Productions, Sound collage, History, Pop culture, Commercials,... Source: Falling Cow Productions
An all-new audio drama from 63audio, "Holy Moses Murphy" is based on an "Everyman" short story of the same name by James C. Lynch, currently in the public domain. This is Episode 5 of "Pulp-Pourri Theatre", a planned series of 12 dramas, each based on a different pulp fiction genre, and created in the style of Old-Time Radio. Adapted, Directed and Produced by Pete Lutz. All music passages were sourced from the public domain. All other materials such as... Topics: audio drama, old-time radio, pulp fiction, theater, theatre, audio, James C.Lynch, irish, ireland,...
Shamine and Naomi king read three old-time radio plays by taking multiple roles, with backing by Father. Topics: Shamine, Shamine King, Shamine Athena King, Naomi, Naomi King, Saskia, Naomi Saskia King, Naosham,...
An all-new audio drama from 63audio, "By Order of Buck Brady" is based on a Western-Fiction short story of the same name by W. C. Tuttle, currently in the public domain. This is Episode 3 of "Pulp-Pourri Theatre", a planned series of 12 dramas, each based on a different pulp fiction genre, and created in the style of Old-Time Radio. Adapted, Directed and Produced by Pete Lutz. All materials such as sound effects and music in this production were sourced from the public... Topics: audio drama, old-time radio, pulp fiction, theater, theatre, audio, w c tuttle, western, cowboy,...
The complete surviving 1939 broadcasts, from original recordings of the program as it went on the air live, without modern remastering or reconditioning. There will be occasional flaws in the recordings but there are few flaws in the performances of Jack Benny and company, who were, by now, long enough established as masters of comic timing. Cast: Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie Anderson (Rochester), Kenny Baker through 18 June, Dennis Day as of 8 October, Don Wilson... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Jack Benny, Jell-O, old-time radio, comedy, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Don Wilson, Kenny Baker,...